18TH FEB – 18TH MARCH 2017

Four weeks of artists moving image, experimental film and performances featuring local and international artists. From archive works to film premieres, 16mm exhibition and live sound scapes, digital experiments and analogue shorts, plus some never-before seen works by independent american film-maker George Kuchar.

All events take place at ROGUE CINEMA – a temporary cinema installation in Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester.


(please note, we’re on the 1st floor, and sadly we have no disabled access at present)



A 16mm screening of works by Simon Liu, who grew up in Hong Kong and Stoke-on-Trent and currently works as a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, and James Snazell – 16mm film-maker and lecturer at Edge Hill University.
Fri 24th February 7:00pm & Sat 25th February 6:00pm
A rare two-part screening of the visual diaries of the renowned American independent filmmaker George Kuchar, bringing together his series of films known as the Weather Diaries for the first time in the UK as part of a special touring programme put together by Chris Dymond.
A screening of new works by the Film Material collective based at Rogue, including staff at MMU, as well as emerging and established artists from across the UK.
A film by Huw Wahl. Founded in 1968, Action Space used large inflatable structures to create alternative spaces for art, education and creative play outside of the restrictive gallery arena. This film explores the history of Action Space through the construction of a new inflatable.
The masked, straw-festooned shamanic vagabond Lord Mongo and new-fangled three-piece band Tuskmoth perform live music to cinematic visuals by Nick Jordan, assembled from the artist’s recent film works that feature Lord Mongo’s soundtrack scores; including excerpts from Jordan’s new film Thought Broadcasting (2017), plus The Rising (2014), The Atom Station (2015), and MERZMONGO (2016) – which was originally made for ‘100 Years of Dada: Film is Dead, Long Live Dada’ (ICA, London) and performed live at Supernormal Festival 2016.
An illuminating a distinctly northern perspective on the history of artists’ moving image in England. The project surveys an array of production strategies deployed by video artists and filmmakers across Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and Cumbria from the ‘60s to the early 2000s.
An informal show and tell style group crit for artist film-makers with the Film Material collective. Places are limited, so please book early.
Mary Stark & David Chatton Barker’s 16mm performances range from utlizing 16mm projector parts to working with scorched film and optical soundscapes, and live lens-based light play.






Rogue Project Space – 1st Floor – 4pm- 9pm

Featuring work and stalls by:

Mike Black – Margaret Cahill- Annie Carpenter – Jan Chlebik – Chris Daniels – Rebecca Davy – David Gledhill – Michelle Harrison – Lucy Harvey – Linda Hemmersbach – Hilary Jack – Michelle Leigh – Ivan Leudar – Sam Meech – Jen Orpin – Owl Project – Lucy Ridges – Lauren Sagar – Michelle Shields – Jenny Steele – Darren Tolliday – Jenny Walker & more…

Rogue members will be selling artworks, art materials and general studio paraphernalia at The Rogue Christmas Jumble Sale on Friday 16th December, 4-9pm in our First Floor Project Space. Grab a last minute Christmas gift or a bargain from the back catalogue of one of our artists.

Paintings, prints, sculptures, knitwear, photographic prints, jewellery, glass and much more will be on sale alongside an array of interesting bits and bobs for one night only. Join us for a mulled wine and help us raise a toast to 2016 as we welcome the new year and (hopefully) a new home!

We’ll be posting details over the coming weeks to our Facebook Event, RSVP to find out more.




Division of Labour

Preview: Thursday 1st December 2016, 6-8pm

Open: Saturday 3 & 10 December, 12-5pm (or by appointment)

Division of Labour concludes Rogue Project Space’s 2016 artistic programme by drawing on Manchester’s relationship to industry. Spaces which have enabled artistic and industrial production are now being developed or demolished as the city expands. This redevelopment marks a monumental shift in the city’s identity as it begins to re-brand itself as a place for presentation and professional habitation. Newly commissioned works by Robin Megannity, Jenny Steele, Jenny Walker and Helen Wheeler explore the purpose and place of production in the city, and the commercial landscape which threatens to exclude it from its future. Curated by Lucy Harvey.

RSVP to the Facebook event page here.




Drawn to affect
Preview: Saturday 19th, 5-7pm
Open by appointment: 19 – 27th November, contact e.strange [at] btinternet [dot] com
Drawn to affect offers an experimental platform for a group of 6 artists for whom drawing plays an important role. Each artist has invited another artist,  writer, scientist or architect to respond to one of their drawings – be it a sketch, a resolved work or a part extracted from another project. The purpose of these pairings is to explore the dialogue that takes place when a drawing is translated and re-formed. The collection of works on show are collaborative and singular objects, some of which operate in tandem, while others quietly sit alone disconnected from their origins. Curated by Emily Strange.



Unique Editions

An exhibition of knitworks and knitwear by Sam Meech and Unique Knitwear Ltd

Preview: Thursday 3 November, 6pm-8pm [Facebook Event]
Continues: 4– 13th November at Rogue Project Space. (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-6pm, or by appointment)

Through interviews and visual research, Sam Meech has developed a series of works in response to and in collaboration with the knitting factories who share Crusader Mill with Rogue Artists Studios. Together they playfully experiment with the traditional artists’ portrait, explore the notion of ‘uniqueness’ in digital art and knitwear production, and propose an internet-age copyleft Christmas jumper. Binary scarves, appropriated patterns and even knitted punchbags, feature in this unusual exhibition of knitted textiles that gives an insight into the factory life and the people who work there.

As neighbours to Rogue, businesses such as Dream Knitwear, Imperial Knitwear and Unique Knitwear often cross paths with Rogue artists on the old stairwells of Crusader Mill, but rarely do the communities cross-over. Since April, Sam Meech has been tentatively building relations with the workers and business owners, sharing his own practice and conducting initial visual and technical research into their working environments and manufacturing processes.

This residency has allowed Meech to find parallels with his own artistic practice using domestic knitting machines, and also identify opportunities to potentially creatively document their work and experiences, and collaborate in developing new artworks and even new knitwear.




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Excuse Me While I Am Changing

Saturday 15 + Sunday 16 October, 12-5pm (or by appointment)

Preview: Friday 14th October, 6-9pm alongside Rogue Open Studios

Rogue Project Space presents Hannah Leighton-BoyceMichelle ShieldsMatthew Bamber, and Linda Hemmersbach in Excuse Me While I Am Changing. Curated by Lucy Harvey, new drawing, painting, making and photography respond to evidence of the city’s expansion in the liminal and shifting space which surrounds Rogue.







LAUNCH: Thursday 22 September, 5.30-9pm

Rogue Project Space is excited to be exhibiting work by Rogue Artists’ Studios (Rogue) members; Jan Chlebik, Hilary Jack, Sam Meech, Evangelia Spiliopoulou, and Mike Chavez-Dawson with Shaw & Shaw at The Manchester Contemporary 2016.

Rogue’s Arts Council England funded 2016 programme will be the last in the studios current home, Crusader Mill, following the building’s recent purchase by property developers. The works exhibited at The Manchester Contemporary respond to the transitory state of Rogue and the building which has been its home since 2001.

The Manchester Contemporary is the only critically engaged art fair of it’s kind outside London. 2016 will be the eighth edition and will see a range of UK and international gallery and project spaces at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester. Produced alongside Buy Art Fair, this is the largest art fair outside of London.





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Rogue Project Space, Former Varna Street School, Barrass Street, Manchester M11 1WP

Whilst Rogue welcomes proposals for our Project Space, our artist-led studios are run on a voluntary basis and enquiries may not be responded to immediately. Please note that all studio applications should be addressed to David Gledhill and Martin Nash (co-directors) and sent to the general email address: rogueartistsstudios@yahoo.co.uk